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Today, more than 25 state legislatures have introduced anti-immigration bills that are virtual copies of Arizona’s controversial SB 1070 “papers please” law. The state is ground zero in the clash over a historic demographic shift taking place across the country with the rise of a newly empowered Latino electorate. But Arizona is not only home to some of the most virulent anti-immigration legislation in the country—it is also the birthplace of a new movement of young Latino activists and allies who have not only challenged the self-proclaimed architect of SB 1070 in a historic recall election, but are also mobilizing to defend the state’s education system from censorship.
A lasting and important work of cultural history, State Out of the Union vividly unveils the showdown over the American Dream in Arizona—and its impact on the future of the nation.
Iowa City Press-Citizen“A scathing critique of [Arizona’s] current politics and history .Biggers’ investigative research and boots-on-the ground journalism — not to mention his thorough knowledge of Arizona’s tri-cultural heritage of American Indian, Hispanic American and European American history — provide readers with an in-depth understanding of the state’s controversial past and present .His historical and political conclusions are the most damning ever published about Arizona’s short history as a state.” Shelf Awareness“[A]s a matter of cultural and historical record, State Out of the Union leaves readers with much to consider.”
“[M]ixing memoir, journalism, and history, Biggers narrates a people-focused multicultural story of clashing cycles of nativism and openness in a struggle for community recognition, citizenship rights, and humanity in what has become a militarized borderland . [A] pivotal issue for national consideration [a] compelling reading during a national election season and beyond.”
"[A] sweeping chronicle of Arizona."
El Paso Times
"As the country struggles to deal with immigration, civil rights and what it means to be an American, State Out of the Union serves as a guide to the cultural showdown that now seems inevitable."
Preface: Homecoming ix
Introduction: The Three Sonorans Prophecy xix
Arizona V. United States 1
To be or Not to be a State 19
Manufacturing the Crisis 49
Fear and Loathing in a Land of Carpetbaggers 77
The Danged Fence 89
Recall: The First Showdown 1 23
Outlawing History: The Second Showdown 177
What Happens in Arizona Doesn't Stay in Arizona 221
Bibliographic Notes 239